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Newsletter No.109 10/5/21



Newsletter No.109 10/5/21

Semester 3 Week 8

The Wriggle Store.

The Wriggle store will be opening for parents on Tuesday the 27th of April and close on Wednesday 23rd of June. Devices must be purchased through Wriggle. The Wriggle Store Code is: 26553191. Devices purchased after the 23rd of June will incur a 50 euro late fee.

Covid Safety

Please ensure that all classroom windows are open, that students wipe down their masks at the start of class and that everyone is wearing the proper mask at all times.

Foroige News

Foroige are running the "cafes" on Wednedays from 6:30-8 14yrs-16yrs and on Saturdays from 12:30-2 16+. Cafes are an informal setting where staff use the opportunity to build relationships with young people and find out more about their possible needs.

Foroige will be returning and for any old members who would like to re engage to contact us on our instagram page "Foroige Phibblestown".


Ms. S.O’Donovan

Non-Uniform Day for St. Vincent de Paul

There is a non-uniform day that we rang Domhnall are organising for Friday 14th in aid of St. Vincent De Paul. There will be a raffle for every students that pays their €2 for taking part in the non-uniform day with prizes galore.

Run in aid of the Irish Cancer Society

Two second year class Rang Diarmuid and Rang Tristian are doing a 5 kilometre sponsored run in aid of the Irish Cancer Society on Wednesday the 12th of May. Please support our students as much as you can.

We are delighted to announce that we are going virtual again this year. This decision to go virtual has been made in light of the ongoing health restrictions and the uncertainty around groups of people meeting indoors. We wanted to advise the students, teachers and schools of our decision as soon as we could. The exhibition will take place between the 12th and 14th January 2022.

The 2021 Virtual exhibition had visitors from 77 countries accessing the portal and website with in excess of 7M hits. The feedback we received especially about the 3 minute videos that the students created was amazing, the visitors to the portal were delighted to be able to see the students explaining their projects with such confidence and professionalism. This is a great opportunity for your students to gain valuable experience from coming up with an initial idea, through to presenting their findings to the judges. Why not consider including an entry in the exhibition as part of your
schools TY program, this can also count towards their Gaisce or Duke of Edinburgh

The Entry Details booklet attached gives a brief overview of the Exhibition and you will find lots more information on our website We will also be sending out more detailed information in September regarding what needs to be done before the closing entry deadline of 5pm on Monday 27th September 2021. As this will be a virtual event this year all entry fees have been waived.

BT is extremely proud to be not only the trustee, but also the proud organiser and sponsor of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition and we are planning to make 2022’s event the best ever. We do hope you will be able to join us.

Yours Sincerely,

Mari Cahalane
Head of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

We are delighted to announce the launch of the 2021 Anti-Litter Anti-Graffiti Competition.

This is open for all community groups to apply. (Groups must be registered with the Public Participation Network – link details on the top of the form)

Please read the rules and guidelines carefully before filling out the form. Deadline for applications is Monday 31st May. Projects should be deliverable with Covid pandemic distancing guidelines in place.

Email with queries. #Communities4Environment

See the link and the deadline for applications is Monday 31st May 2021

In this newsletter, I am sharing some of the parenting tips from my new Instagram page. We are experimenting with distilling some of my larger articles into a more visual and concise set of principles. Do let me know if you find them useful.

Also, I am happy to announce a new talk on how to help your children and teenagers bounce back as the Covid restrictions ease over the summer. Also, this Wednesday I will be giving a free parenting talk on depression with the support of the DSC Parent Support champions and the Parents Plus Charity.

Hope you are all enjoying the start of summer.

All the best,
John Sharry

Talk for Parents, June 14th

‘Helping Your Children and Teenagers Bounce Back’ with John Sharry
Monday 14th June 7.45-9.15pm, online by zoom

The lockdowns and restrictions of the last year has disrupted family life and increased the pressure on children and parents. During this workshop, Prof John Sharry will provide practical principles on how you can look after your family’s mental health and cultivate your children’s resilience as restrictions ease.

Specific topics include:
– managing anxiety
– rebuilding friendships
– getting back into positive routines

This workshop is:
– suitable for parents of children of all ages
– interactive with plenty of opportunity for Q&A
– open to two parents in the same household to attend for the same cost

Cost: €15

Further information and bookings are available on the website here.

Parenting Tips

There are regular parenting and mental health tips posted on my instagram page here so follow the page for more.

If you are not on Instagram you can read some of the recent posts by clicking below:

6 Principles for Peaceful Parenting

Switching from “don’t to “do”

Teenagers: Helping them stay safe and responsible

How acknowledging feelings help children

Soothing upset children

Managing eco-anxiety and despair

What to do when children tell lies?

Parent Workshop, this Wednesday

Free workshop for parents supported by DSC Parent Support Champions Project
Parenting a teenager who is depressed can be a challenging and worrying experience. In this free online talk for parents, Prof. John Sharry from Parents Plus will describe practical principles for helping a depressed teenager. Topics will include understanding your teenager's depressed thinking and taking steps towards motivation and change. You can book a place here. Bookings close on Tuesday.

Parenting Q&As

There are hundreds of articles on my website here. More recent articles are on The Irish Times website here. If you would like me to answer your parenting question anonymously through my Tuesday column, there is a new way to submit your question here.

TY News

“Be Kind to Animals and Conservation Week” events:

Monday 10th May: The DSPCA will be giving a talk to TY students this morning about the work they do and the general care and welfare of pets and animals. (9.15 on Zoom)

Tuesday 11th May: 🐍 Jurassic Experience 🦎 will be coming in to do a workshop with each TY class on some more “exotic” creatures. This will be quite a hands-on experience and one not to be missed!

Rang Uisnigh 8.15-10am

Rang Tara 10am-11.45. (They will take lunch later and return to school for Period 5 at 1.05)

Wednesday 12th May: TY students will meet at entrance to Dublin Zoo at 9.45a.m. As per Department of Education guidelines and public health advice, students must get a lift with a parent there and back. Public transport is not permitted as it is deemed a non-essential journey. Also, carpooling is not permitted at this time. Students will be free to tour the Zoo for some time. Restaurants and snack bars will be open for takeaway food but packed lunch may also be brought by students.

Students will reconvene at the Sea Lion Cove at 1.30p.m. for a Conservation workshop with the Education team at Dublin Zoo. This will take approximately 1 hour. Students will be ready to be collected at the gates of the Zoo at 2.30pm.

Friday 14th May 🐶"Bring your Dog to School Day"🐕

We’re very excited to host a first of its kind event at Setanta and look forward to meeting our student's and teacher’s furry friends.

Each class will get to take part in a doggy training session with a professional dog trainer and learn about grooming and general best practise in dog care.

Any teacher wishing to bring their dog on Friday is very welcome to do so! Please see advice below and let Ger or Laura know beforehand.

Naomi, our trainer has given the following advice:

  • Only bring your dog to school if he/she is accustomed to lots of activity and other dogs
  • Have someone on standby to collect your pet, if he/she becomes too upset or overwhelmed
  • Dogs should ideally wear a harness type collar with a short lead
  • Bring an extra “doggy” school bag on the day containing: a water bowl, water bottle full of water; poop bags; quality treats like small pieces of cooked chicken or hotdog cut up, to keep your dog engaged in activities; small blanket or toy for settling down times.

We look forward to a fun and productive final full week for our Transition Year Group!

LCA Class Rang Turlach

Monday 10th May

Rang Turlach will be meeting at the Phoenix Park on Monday morning to visit the zoo and spend some time in the park. This will be their last trip together before the end of the year.

Wednesday 12th May

Rang Turlach will not be in class for the full day as they will have their English and Communication Oral Exam and ICT Exam. We wish our LCA students all the best in their upcoming exams.

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Monica Roe, Anti Bullying Workshop
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6th Year PSTM Classes Finish at 3:00pm
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Monica Roe, Anti Bullying Workshop
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